Library News

January 2017 -

October 2016 - December 2016

July 2016 - September 2016

April 2016 - June 2016

March 24, 2017

Milton Public Library Strengthens Its Commitment to Lifelong Learning

Milton Public Library (MPL) continues to provide innovative tools and resources to support lifelong learning. MPL has introduced two new electronic resources: Brainfuse HelpNow and Gale Courses. Miltonians, with a valid MPL library card, now have immediate access to live online tutoring and instructor-led online courses.

Milton Public Library strives to inspire the community through discovery, collaboration, and creation. "MPL values lifelong learning and so we are thrilled to be able to offer new and unique ways to empower the community to read, learn, create, and connect", shares Leslie Fitch, CEO and Chief Librarian of Milton Public Library. "These new free offerings demonstrate our continued support for students of all ages, from young children to adults".

Children using Brainfuse

Brainfuse HelpNow connects students from kindergarten to Grade 12 with free online tutoring, writing assistance, skills building, and test preparation. Online tutors are available to provide homework help for students Monday through Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.. In the Adult Learning Centre access resume writing support, High School Equivalency (GED) preparation, Microsoft Office Essential Skills, Canadian Citizenship practice tests and more.

Gale Courses

Gale Courses provide for interactive, instructor led courses for lifelong learning outside of a formal classroom setting. Milton residents can choose from over 350 courses that are accessible online, 24/7. Each course lasts for six weeks and new sessions begin monthly. Courses cover topics including career & professional development, computers & technology, personal enrichment, and much more!

If you live, work, or go to school in the Town of Milton, you are eligible for a library card, at no cost. Existing patrons can visit their Online Library to access all of MPL's online resources, including Brainfuse HelpNow and Gale Courses. A Visit Will Get You Thinking.

For further information, please contact Anne O'Sullivan, Manager, Information Services & Programming: Anne.OSullivan@mpl.on.ca or 905-875-2665 x3260.

March 10, 2017

Special Main Library Hours on Monday, May 1st

Please note the Main Library (1010 Main Street East) will be closed the morning of Monday, May 1st to support annual staff development. The hours of operation on May 1st will be 12:30 - 5:00 p.m. Thank you for your understanding.

February 16, 2017

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - February 19 - 20, 2017

Online Services Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services may be unavailable for periods of time beginning Sunday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m. through Monday, February 20 at 2:00 a.m. for scheduled maintenance.

The following services may be affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Hoopla digital
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

February 10, 2017

Announcing our Spring 2017 Newsletter!

Spring Newsletter

Hot off the press .... The Spring edition of the Milton Public Library newsletter is now in print and online! The Spring Newsletter highlights programs and services for March, April, and May 2017, including March Break programs, along with registration dates (if applicable). You'll find each section colour-coded based on age category or interest group.

Pick up a copy on your next visit, browse our calendar, or view the PDF edition.

January 10, 2017

Digital Movies, Music and More ‐ Instantly Available ‐ 24/7

Hoopla digital content

Thank you for being a loyal library cardholder of Milton Public Library! We are excited to announce hoopla digital: a new digital media service provided to you, our patron, through which you may access and enjoy nearly half a million titles, from six different formats: Movies, TV, Music Albums, eAudiobooks, eBooks, and Comics / Graphic Novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or smartphone!

With hoopla, there are no hold lists. Titles are available immediately! As a library cardholder, you may borrow up to 5 titles per month. Titles are automatically returned after their lending period. Lending periods vary by format as follows:

  • eAudiobooks, eBooks, Comics and Graphic Novels: 21 days
  • Music Albums: 7 days
  • Movies and Television: 3 days

On a mobile device, borrowed content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline. Alternatively, in either the hoopla app or via your browser on a computer, all borrowed content may be enjoyed while connected to the Internet by streaming.

To register and enjoy hoopla digital with your library card, please download the hoopla digital app from your Apple or Google Play store on your mobile device. If you are using a computer, you may visit hoopla digital via your web browser. For more information or should you have questions, please contact your Milton Public Library branch.

We hope you enjoy hoopla digital and look forward to your feedback!

January 7, 2016

Naxos Spoken Word Library - Now Available!

Naxos Spoken Word Library

Enjoy thousands of eaudiobook titles and a collection of the world's greatest literature - many classic novels, plays and poetry, from medieval times to the twenty-first century.

New titles are added monthly. English, French, German and Portuguese titles are available.

Browse available titles and enjoy an eaudiobook today!

When accessing from home, your passcode is your library card barcode.

December 24, 2016

Library Offers Access to Online Courses

Gale courses

Milton Public Library now offers hundreds of online courses that are accessible anywhere online, 24 / 7. Each Gale Course offers well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students.

Gale Courses is easy to use. Courses run for six weeks with new sessions beginning every month. Enroll in courses year-round!

Gain valuable knowledge you can immediately apply to your life or on the job. There’s something for everyone:

  • Career & Professional Development:
    Examples include: Accounting, Resume Writing, Business and Management, Grant Writing and Nonprofit, Real Estate, Healthcare, and Sales and Marketing
  • Computers & Technology:
    Courses cover all skill levels from beginner to advanced, even focusing on specific software applications. Examples include: Introduction to the Microsoft Office Suite, Database Management, Graphic and Multimedia Design, and The Internet
  • Personal Enrichment:
    A wide array of courses truly offers the opportunity to transform lives, whether related to hobbies, education, or life resources. Examples include: Digital Photography, Health & Wellness, Sign Language, Keyboarding and Test Prep

Browse available courses and enroll today!

December 13, 2016

New Additions to Your Online Library - Coming in January

We are pleased to announce the addition of new resources to the Online Library collection. Look for these resources early in January.

Gale Courses

Gale Courses

Gale Courses offers hundreds of courses focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment. Courses are taught entirely online by instructors, and new sessions begin every month.

Hoopla

Hoopla

Borrow audiobooks, music, ebooks, comics, movies, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.

Naxos Spoken Word Library

Naxos Spoken Word Library

Featuring a collection of the world's greatest literature - classic novels, plays and poetry, from medieval times to the twenty-first century. Titles are available in English, French and German.

Flipster

Flipster

More magazines are being added! Chatelaine, GQ, Newsweek Global, Vanity Fair, and Wired will join the collection in January.

December 13, 2016

Freegal Music Service Ending

As of January 15, 2017, Freegal Music will no longer be offered to Milton Public Library patrons.

Please note:

Patrons who have downloaded songs to their personal computers will continue to have access to the downloaded music.

Any music stored in the Freegal Music app itself will not be accessible as of January 15, 2017. For information on transferring songs from the Freegal app to your personal computer, visit http://milton.freegalmusic.com/questions. Helpful sections under Mobile Apps include:

December 12, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - December 12, 2016

Online Services Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Monday, December 12 from 5:00 p.m. for approximately an hour for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Milton Public Library website
  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

November 16, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - November 20, 2016

Online Services Disruption

Milton Public Library's Website, Online Catalogue and related services may be disrupted on Sunday, November 20 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Milton Public Library website
  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

November 4, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - November 5-6, 2016

Online Catalogue Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Saturday, November 5 from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Sunday, November 6 for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

October 31, 2016

The Friends of MPL

Milton Public Library is set to launch its very own Friends of the Library group, a volunteer led non-profit organization comprised of members of the community who wish to support Milton Public Library. The activities of The Friends of MPL group will be focused primarily on fundraising on behalf of the Library.

If you are interested in making a difference in your community for the benefit of the library, why not join MPL’s Friends of the Library group?

For further information or if you have any questions, please contact Mark Williams, Deputy Chief Librarian: Mark.Williams@mpl.on.ca.

Applications are now being accepted! Get your application package.

October 4, 2016

Celebrations for Ontario Public Library Week

October 16 to 22, 2016

A visit will get you thinking

October is Canadian Library Month! During this month, libraries and library partners across Canada raise awareness of the valuable contributions libraries play in Canadians' lives, such as supporting student success, economic growth and enhancing quality of life in communities. In Ontario, we celebrate our public libraries during Ontario Public Library Week (OPLW), an annual fall event which was first announced by the province in 1985.

Milton Public Library (MPL) will be hosting a full suite of drop-in programs, celebrations and planned activities from October 16 to 22, 2016. The events highlight the importance of literacy, education and life-long learning and are accented by a strong and connected community feel. “We are proud to serve such a vibrant and engaged community here in Milton”, notes Brad Boehmer, Milton Public Library Board Chair. “We strive to maintain a continued emphasis on the library as a place for fostering connections between neighbours, partnership and development, civic pride, and community involvement”, he adds.

With more than one million visits by patrons in 2015, 58,000 cardholders, 248,000 online resources utilized, and over 400 new registered users a month, Milton Public Library is a cornerstone of our community.

Support your local library this month, connect with your community and join in the OPLW celebrations!

October 11 to 13 - Book O’ Lantern Contest, Main Library: Families are encouraged to decorate a pumpkin in the theme of a favourite book character and submit it to Main Library between October 11 to 13. Attendees at the Celebrating Stories festival (October 16th) will vote on the winning Book O’ Lantern. NOTE: Cut / carved pumpkins will NOT be accepted. Rules and application forms are available at MPL.

October 16 - Celebrating Stories, Milton Centre for the Arts: MPL, in partnership with the Town of Milton, Halton District School Board, and Halton Catholic District School Board, have planned this year’s Celebrating Stories free family festival for Sunday, October 16th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Celebrating Stories is an annual family event which promotes reading and the importance of literacy, through introducing families to both favourite and new Canadian authors. Visit www.CelebratingStories.ca for more details.

October 16 to 22 - Scavenger Hunt, Main Library and Beaty Branch (drop-in): Children will be encouraged to get to know their libraries through a scavenger hunt by seeking out clues at either Main Library or Beaty Branch to solve a challenge.

October 16 to 22 - Evergreen™ Awards: Participants in the Adult Summer Reading Program, as well as other interested patrons, are invited to cast their votes for their favourite read of the 10 nominated Evergreen™ Award titles during OPLW.

A Visit Will Get You Thinking. Visit the Milton Public Library in-person or online and Be Inspired today.

September 12, 2016

Pay Your Fines & Fees Online

Your Milton Public Library fines and fees can now be paid easily online. If you have outstanding MPL fines or fees which total $5.00 or more, we now offer a convenient and safe online payment method. Choose to pay your outstanding fines and fees via Visa, Visa Debit or MasterCard.

The process is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3:

  1. Login to your MPL account
  2. Navigate to your Fines / Fees page
  3. Complete your payment information to process payment

Your fines / fees have now been paid.

Detailed step-by-step instructions to login to your account and pay your fines or fees are available on our Catalogue Help page.

If you have questions or need technical assistance to complete payment of your fines or fees, please contact us during regular business hours at 905-875-2665 or in-person at the Main Library or Beaty Branch.

August 23, 2016

Friends of the Library

Milton Public Library is set to launch its very own Friends of the Library group, a volunteer led non-profit organization comprised of members of the community who wish to support Milton Public Library. The activities of the Friends of the Library group will be focused primarily on fundraising on behalf of the Library.

If you are interested in making a difference in your community for the benefit of the library, why not join MPL’s Friends of the Library group?

For further information, please contact Mark Williams, Deputy Chief Librarian: Mark.Williams@mpl.on.ca.

August 9, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - August 20, 2016

Online Catalogue Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Saturday, August 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Sunday, August 21 for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

July 12, 2016

Wireless Printing Now Available

We are pleased to announce that wireless printing is now available at both the Main Library and Beaty Branch.

Supported formats include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and most picture formats.

  • Colour prints: 40¢ per page
  • Black and white prints: 20¢ per page

For more information, review our wireless services or speak to a staff member at the "Ask Us" desks.

June 25, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - June 26, 2016

Online Catalogue Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Saturday, June 25 from 9:00 p.m. to Sunday, June 26 at Noon for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

June 16, 2016

Scheduled Systems Maintenance - June 19, 2016

Online Catalogue Service Disruption

Milton Public Library's Online Catalogue and related services will be unavailable on Sunday, June 19, 2016 between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for scheduled maintenance.

Services affected:

  • Online Catalogue
  • Online Program Calendar
  • Libraries on the Go
  • Freegal Music
  • The automated telephone circulation system

We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

June 6, 2016

New online program registration option coming June 27th

Milton Public Library is transitioning to a new online program calendar. Beginning June 27, patrons will have the option to self-register for all programs and pay program fees online. Additional features include real-time updates of seats available, confirmation of registered seats and the ability to find programs by location and audience. Note that a valid library card is required for self-registration. Programs registered with your library card will appear in your library account for your reference.

Patrons may continue to use telephone and staff assisted options to register as well. Please visit our Circulation Desk at either our Main Library or Beaty Branch to obtain your library card today.

April 26, 2016

Milton Public Library Leverages Technology to Support
National Autism Awareness Month

In celebration of April as National Autism Awareness Month, Milton Public Library (MPL) is proud to launch a customized digital Card Deck, “MagnusCards”. MagnusCards is a free app that combines a proven method of instruction with elements of game design to help people build valuable life skills. The digital Card Decks provide step-by-step directions for various social interactions, situations, behaviours and activities. For example, grocery shopping, taking public transportation, cooking, and now, visiting the Milton Public Library.

MagnusCards are powerful allies for individuals with special cognitive needs, their parents, siblings and teachers. This unique app helps family and friends to prepare for community outings, practice skills and routines, manage tasks with less anxiety, and explore community environments with greater independence. MPL developed five different Card Decks for its custom app, including: registering for a library card, using the library catalogue, finding library items, using self check-out to borrow library items and returning a library item.

Milton Public Library’s involvement in this app demonstrates the Library’s commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. “The Milton Public Library strives to be inclusive of all its community members, regardless of age, ability, socio-economic status or any other factors”, shared Anne O’Sullivan, Manager of Information Services & Programming. “We are happy to have had the opportunity to contribute to this app and expand our services to the Milton community”.

Join Milton Public Library to learn more about the app MagnusCards. Refreshments will be provided.

  • Date: Tuesday, May 10
  • Time: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Main Library
  • Register: Call Anne O’Sullivan, Manager of Information Services & Programming at 905-875-2665 ext 3260 or email Anne.OSullivan@mpl.on.ca.

April 21, 2016

2016 One Book, One Milton Selection Announced

Margaret Atwood and The Heart Goes Last

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood One Book, One Milton logo

One Book, One Milton 2016 promises to be an unforgettable series of events culminating with one of Canada’s foremost literary figures, Margaret Atwood, live and in-person at the Milton Centre for the Arts on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Milton Public Library invites the community to connect through the shared experience of reading and discussing The Heart Goes Last. Events and activities are planned around themes found in Margaret Atwood’s recently released book.

Visit OneBookOneMilton.ca to purchase tickets for this exclusive Margaret Atwood evening and to learn more about the related upcoming series of events. Borrow, download or purchase a copy of the book to read and enjoy.

April 6, 2016

Colour Printing Now Available

We are pleased to announce that colour printing is now available at both the Main Library and Beaty Branch.

  • Colour prints: 40¢ per page
  • Black and white prints: 20¢ per page

For more information, please speak to a staff member at the "Ask Us" desks.

April 1, 2016

Special Main Library Hours on Monday, May 9th

Please note the Main Library (1010 Main Street East) will be closed the morning of Monday, May 9th to support annual staff development. The hours of operation on May 9th will be 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Thank you for your understanding.